Google made Amazon pull the app store hidden in its app

See the original posting on The Verge

Earlier this year, Amazon updated its official app in the Google Play Store — and snuck in a direct link to its own app store at the same time. Previously, users who wanted to use Amazon’s app store had to sideload the app, a process that less tech-savvy users were likely to be familiar with, but this update let anyone install Amazon’s app from the Google Play Store and start buying apps through it.

It looks like Google has gone ahead and closed that loophole, though — as noted by Android Police, the main Amazon app has been replaced by a new app called Amazon Shopping. It appears identical to its predecessor, but without the direct links to the Amazon app store. Indeed, we checked on a phone that already had the older Amazon app…

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